HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STREAM RESTORATION

& SPECIES RECOVERY

 

 

March 09, 2001†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hearing Room E

1:00 P.M.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tapes55 - 56

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:†††††††† Rep. Bob Jenson, Chair

Rep. Jan Lee, Vice-Chair

Rep. Randy Leonard Vice-Chair

Rep. Tim Knopp

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Patti Smith

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:††††††††† Rep. Al King

 

STAFF PRESENT:†††††††††††††††† Sandy Thiele-Cirka, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES/ISSUE HEARD:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Public Hearing

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† HB 2341

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Work Session

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† HB 2683

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Willamette Restoration Initiative (WRI) Strategic Review

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 55, A

004

Chair Jenson

Calls the meeting to order as a subcommittee at 1:00 p.m. and opens a public hearing on HB 2341.

HB 2341-PUBLIC HEARING

009

Roy Hemmingway

Governorís Salmon and Energy Policy Advisor. Compares this bill to SB 49. Relates the governorís position regarding the commission and agency administration.

070

Chair Jenson

Comments on the need to improve department communications. Closes the public hearing on HB 2341. Calls the meeting as a full committee and opens the work session on HB 2683.

HB 2683-WORK SESSION

086

Louise Solliday

Governorís Assistant for Natural Resources. Relates the history of the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) Eco-System Restoration Project.

139

Solliday

Addresses Rep. Kruseís question regarding the use of Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) funds.

158

Rep. Leonard

Notes that the testimony tied the channel deepening and the estuary projects together.

198

Solliday

Comments that the initial biological opinion linked the estuary plan. Clarifies the project is not linked to channel deepening.

200

Rep. Leonard

Questions if the project, although separate and distinct, are related enough to be paid for and tied to the ACOE project.

203

Solliday

Responds that there will be specific guidelines directing the channel deepening project.

213

Rep. Lee

Questions if the Lower Estuary working group is supportive.

217

Solliday

Responds the groupís name is the Lower Columbia River Estuary Program Implementation Committee and they are supportive.

245

Rep. Kruse

Clarifies there are no Measure 66 funds being used for monitoring.

283

Solliday

Confirms and provides additional details.

330

Chair Jenson

Announces that this bill is being held over for further clarification.

353

Chair Jenson

Closes the work session on HB 2683 and opens the informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

358

Rick Bastasch

Executive Director, Willamette Restoration Initiative (WRI). (EXHIBIT A). Provides an overview of the strategic plan.

TAPE 56, A

002

Bastasch

Continues overview.

074

John D. Miller

Board Member, WRI. Comments on the WRI report and WRI objectives.

138

John McDonald

Board Member, WRI. Lists and discusses four values of WRI.

262

McDonald

Refers to Chapter 10, (EXHIBIT A). Concludes presentation.

312

Rep. Lee

Discloses that there are 28 watershed councils, 12 soil and water districts, and 24 water supplier local governments in the Willamette Basin. Recognizes support of WRI as a way to bring the groups together.

323

Rep. Wirth

Comments in support and questions how to bring the whole state together not just the Willamette Valley.

327

Bastasch

Comments that others areas of the state desire to pull together.

385

McDonald

Adds that every basin is different but some recommendations can be applied statewide.

TAPE 55, B

005

Rep. Wirth

Questions if WRI has submitted legislation.

009

Bastasch

Responds they have been working with Rep. Lee and Rep. Backlund††† on HB 3638.

016

Rep. Tomei

Questions what needs to come next.

018

Bastasch

Responds increasing communication with the legislature.

048

Miller

Articulates that the strategy needs to be implemented.

067

McDonald

Maintains the WRI process needs to be validated by legislative action.

087

Rep. Lee

Questions if the federal government has been supportive.

096

Bastasch

Responds that the federal government provided the start up funds for WRI. States the working relationship with the federal agencies is positive.

143

Rep. Kruse

Comments on the number of watershed councils in Oregon and the suggestion that WRIís recommendations be implemented statewide.

191

McDonald

Clarifies that some of the recommendations may work in other basins. Gives SB 1010 as an example.

205

Rep. Kruse

Points out that the perception of WRI is that it is given preferential treatment.

243

Miller

States that WRI did not have legislative guidance from the onset.

285

Bastasch

Comments on the strengths of other groups and offers the report as a working document.

330

Rep. Lee

Notes that other basins have received assistance from the state.

360

Rep. Leonard

Summarizes how the regions of the state have different perspectives and focus.

TAPE 56, B

005

Rep. Kruse

Refers to (EXHIBIT B) as a conceptual vision of decision levels.

050

Chair Jenson

Inquires what primary focus the legislature can provide.

057

Miller

Responds feedback on the implementation strategy and funding.

068

McDonald

Responds he would like to see the authorization of WRI to continue.

096

Rep. Lee

Comments in support of HB 3038.

100

Bastasch

Comments that WRI seeks legislative counsel, merit, implementation, and the authorization to continue.

112

Chair Jenson

Closes informational meeting and adjourns the meeting at 2:45 p.m.

 

Submitted By,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Linda K. Gatto,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sandy Thiele-Cirka

Committee Assistant†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Committee Administrator

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     Willamette Restoration Initiative (WRI) Overview, Rick Bastasch, 230 pp.

B.     Synopsis of Regional Conservation Bodies in Oregon, Rick Bastasch, 5 pp.